Dublin Bus commits to meeting Carbon Pledge targets

Published on Monday, January 20, 2020

Dublin Bus has signed up to Business in the Community Ireland’s Low Carbon Pledge, powered by the Leaders’ Group on Sustainability. All signatory companies to this pledge commit to reducing their direct carbon footprint by 50% by 2030 and to report on their progress on an annual basis.

Dublin Bus, as the largest public transport provider in Ireland, is aware of our responsibility to reduce carbon emissions and we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and tackling climate change. Dublin Bus is currently trialling 9 Hybrid-Electric buses, has introduced new waste reduction measures, including bans on single-use plastics and improved waste management techniques. All these actions and plans are governed by the Dublin Bus Energy Management System, which has been certified to the internationally recognised (ISO 50001) Energy Management Standard. As part of this, ambitious targets and objectives are set and continuous improvement is required for ongoing certification.

Speaking at the signing of the pledge Ray Coyne, Dublin Bus CEO said “I am under no illusion of the enormity of this task, it will take hard work, dedication and commitment to achieve, however, we are doing this because it is the right thing to do. It is the right thing to do for our company, our communities, our city and our future.”

The Leaders Group on Sustainability is a coalition of Ireland’s leading organisations and as part of their commitment to reducing the impact of climate change they launched the Carbon Pledge with Business in the Community Ireland. 

The Low Carbon Pledge is the first dedicated pledge generated by Irish business to set industry standards on sustainability and reduce carbon emissions. It aims to practically demonstrate Irish business commitment to reducing carbon emissions and calls on the business sector to be part of an ambitious collective commitment to: measure, report and communicate on carbon emissions performance; seek external validation of carbon emissions data; embed carbon reduction efforts within core business strategy; invest in low-carbon initiatives, technologies and innovations; collaborate on cross sectoral carbon reduction; and engage in dialogue with policy makers, suppliers, employees and local communities to support Ireland’s transition to a low carbon future.

The Low Carbon Pledge requires signatory companies to reduce the intensity of their Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and to review year-on-year Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions with the aim of demonstrating continuous improvement in abatement activity.

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